Replacing Scalia and Replacing “Constitutional” Rights

Mitch McConnell’s bold and sagacious gamble last year in refusing to allow a vote on the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the remainder of Obama’s term surely helped Donald Trump get elected. The specter of Hillary Clinton nominating a replacement for Scalia genuinely frightened many voters, and brought them around to voting […]

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Obama Limps into History

Most non-Millennials know the history. Facing a sure defeat at the hands of Napoleon in 1812, the Russians retreated. As they retreated, they burned crops, destroyed bridges and successfully weakened and slowed the advancing French army. In the end, the demoralized and depleted French endured a brutal Russian winter without supplies only to face ultimate […]

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The New Yorker on the “Greatness Agenda”

The January 9, 2017 edition of The New Yorker features a story titled “Intellectuals for Trump,” which highlights the work of Publius Decius Mus and American Greatness. Here’s a short excerpt: The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, […]

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The Fall and Fall of Evan McMullin

Thought the #NeverTrump fiasco was kaput now that the election is over? Think again. Though many Never Trumpers have abandoned the field and are cautiously optimistic in light of Donald Trump’s post-election actions, others cling tenaciously to their cause. Evan McMullin, the presidential candidate seemingly fabricated by Bill Kristol in a laboratory, remains steadfast in […]

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Believe It or Not, There’s a Silver Lining in the Electoral College Controversy

When the Electoral College meets Monday, Donald Trump will be confirmed as president without much drama and despite the threats of so-called faithless electors. They call themselves “Hamilton Electors.” “They” are a couple of dissident Republicans, Michael Baca of Colorado and Bret Chiafalo of Washington, and a D.C. public relations firm. The “electors” are a mostly theoretical […]

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The Common Sense Trump-Has-Been-Elected Survival Guide

With Donald Trump’s election, a growing number of websites, organizations, survival guides—and even elected officials—have issued statements of fear, stoked notions of dystopia, and promoted and threatened nullification and secession. Perhaps a different kind of survival guide is needed just now, and it could start with some adult talk and a small dose of common […]

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Sanctuary Cities and Marquess of Queensberry Rules

In a controversial 1992 free-speech case, Justice Antonin Scalia famously proclaimed that the government may not “license one side of a debate to fight freestyle, while requiring the other to follow Marquess of Queensberry rules.” That is exactly what 21st-century political discourse looks like: One side is fighting freestyle—punching below the belt, biting, doing anything […]

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Why California is Wrong to Defend Sanctuary Cities

Forget #Calexit. We don’t need to wait until 2018 for a silly vote. California has all but decided to secede from the union. How else to interpret our officials’ lawless course in the coming fight with the Trump administration over illegal immigration? They’ve laid down their markers. They’ve drawn their lines. Gov. Jerry Brown: “We […]

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Recovering Constitutional Dignity After the Election

Every day since the election has brought with it a new affront to public civility. By and large, those in leadership have tried to rise to the occasion; signaling, yet again, Americans may be able to manage a peaceful transition of power. Nevertheless, tensions have been pervasive. College administrators have excused some students from classes […]

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Protecting the Electoral College from the Progressive Assault

Progressives want to eliminate the Electoral College. They argue that the American constitutional system of electing the president unfairly advantages the votes of people in smaller states. This argument, deceptive to its core, only seems plausible because of radical changes to the Constitution imposed by the Progressives themselves. A little history should make this more […]

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